1946 Universal theatrical trailer for “The Time of Their Lives.”
This isn’t the first time that Sven has showcased “The Time of Their Lives” on Me-TV. He had previously shown the 1946 Abbott & Costello farce back in March 2016.
Who was in “The Time of Their Lives” (with Bud and Lou)?
The actors who appeared in “The Time of Their Lives” were Bud Abbott (who played the dual roles of Cuthbert Greenway and Dr. Ralph Greenway), Lou Costello (as Horatio Prim), Marjorie Reynolds (as Melody Allen), Binnie Barnes (as Mildred Dean), John Shelton (as Sheldon Gage), Gale Sondergaard (as Emily), Jess Barker (as Thomas Danbury), Lynn Baggett (as June Prescott), Robert H. Barrat (as Major Putnam) and William Hall (as Sergeant Conners).
Four years earlier, Marjorie Reynolds was known for her role of Linda Mason in Irving Berlin’s 1942 screen musical, “Holiday Inn” (with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, directed by Mark Sandrich). Reynolds was under contract to Paramount Pictures and was loaned to Universal for filming “The Time of Their Lives.”
Gale Sondergaard’s role was inspired by a character in another film
According to IMDB, Sondergaard’s role of “Emily” in “The Time of Their Lives” was loosely based off of the character “Mrs. Danvers” in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 mystery, “Rebecca.” Sondergaard was originally considered to for the role in Hitchcock’s feature before Judith Anderson was cast in the role.
Sondergaard had also appeared as “Miss Lu” in the 1939 Paramount horror-mystery farce, “The Cat and the Canary” (with Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard and George Zucco; Sven had previously shown the aforementioned film on Me-TV).
“The Time of Their Lives” (1946): Charles Barton’s first Abbott and Costello feature
“The Time of Their Lives” was directed by Charles T. Barton. According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on the motion picture, this was the first time that Barton directed a feature film with Bud and Lou.
He would later direct several other iconic Universal horror comedies with the comedic duo, including “Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) and the duo’s 1951 thriller farce with one of the legends of horror, “Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.” The two latter Barton films were previously showcased by Sven on Me-TV.
Bud Abbott: Behind the Wheel
According to additional findings in IMDB’s database on the film, Bud Abbott had to learn to drive an automobile before filming began on “The Time of Their Lives.” Abbott never wanted to drive another automobile again after the production was completed.
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s presentation of “The Time of Their Lives” (with Abbott & Costello), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Start off the month of July with Sven’s showcase of “The Time of Their Lives” this Sat. on Me-TV! You will not be disappointed in the comedy of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (along with Sven’s fun facts, Doug Graves’ song of the night and Kerwyn’s mail call segment)! Highly recommended!
Sat., July 1 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3 (over-the-air)/Comcast 196
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Comcast 248 (Sven is also time-delayed on WGAL-TV 8 due to their 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel).
Select episodes of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s 1952-57 filmed TV series, “The Abbott & Costello Show” are available on demand on Me-TV’s site (under arrangement with the estates of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)